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Developer Bros Get Juiced Up In Ardwick

David Searle and Guy Horne outside the Progress Centre

Trafford Park-based HS Property Group — founded by Guy Horne, 27, and David Searle, 26 — have acquired a 22K SF Ardwick Mill which very old readers will remember as the home of a famous brand of fruit juice, Tanzaro.

The former Tanzaro House has been renamed Progress Centre and will re-emerge as co-working space after a £225,000 refurbishment.

HS Property's founders both grew up in Manchester, both attended Manchester Grammar School and both went to the University of Nottingham. Horne studied Mathematics and Searle studied Economics with Chinese.

The building's current café will be improved alongside plans to turn the basement into a fitness studio. 

Following renovation work, the bro developers will occupy a portion of the top floor of the five-storey building as their new headquarters for the business they founded in 2014, and the remainder of the building will be made available to rent.


“Our acquisition of the Progress Centre lays down our roots near to Manchester city centre, enabling us to give back and promote growth of Manchester’s vibrant startup community," Horne said.

“The Progress Centre is on the doorstep of one of Manchester's most exciting developments, which will bridge the gap between Piccadilly and Ardwick. Our focus and responsibility is now to realise the potential of the building and its facilities, to provide high-quality, future-proof, creative workspaces for the city’s innovative businesses to collaborate.”

Tanzaro fruit juice ("Thirsts Love Tanzaro Fruit Squashes") was one of the later and more successful lines of the Jewsbury & Brown empire which embraced shaving foams and so-called oriental toothpastes. Tanzaro House was damaged in a headline grabbing fire in 1953.

Tanzaro fruit squashes are no longer available, no matter how old you are.